Vanilla Reloads… A travel hacker’s dream product. We had an awesome run while it lasted, but like most things in life that are too good to be true, there eventually comes an end. Effective Friday, April 04, 2014, there will be a nationwide policy change mandated at ALL CVS stores– Vanilla Reload cards will ONLY be allowed for purchase with cash.
I made one last ditch effort to load up this morning, but every local store I called either: A) had no cards in stock, or B) already switched over to the cash only policy.
So much for easily earning credit cards points! Not too long ago I even wrote a post about how Vanilla Reload cards and Bluebird were a match made in heaven.
But have no fear! The travel hacking community is filled with innovative geniuses, and it will only be a matter of time until a viable alternative is found. Ingenuity is the lifeblood of travel hacking… When there’s a will, there’s a way!
Funny enough, you can still find a $500 reload card out there — “Buy it now” on ebay for $715!
In the meantime, you can still make use of Amazon Payments… And I’m going to give Visa gift cards (with debit pin number) a try. I don’t see Visa gift cards being listed anywhere on the memo, so hopefully those can still be purchased with credit cards. The fee is slightly higher than Vanilla Reloads ($4.95/card vs. $3.95/card), but beggars can’t be choosers. 😉
Vanilla Reloads… I’ll always have the memories. Whether I was in Phoenix, or San Diego, or Indianapolis, or Chicago… I always made sure to make a CVS run to load up on some. When I discovered they could be found again in the Bay Area, I went gangbusters every chance I got. I used to have five go-to stores I would try and raid for $5000 each month. Such fun times… I’ll surely miss them.
Vanilla Reloads: So long, and thanks for all the POINTS!